The state government has taken up several schemes, including financial assistance to unemployed physically challenged youths and families with such a member, Social Welfare Minister Akan Bora said in reply to a question in the Assembly today.
The other schemes include scholarships for such students, one-time grant for rehabilitation of physically challenged individuals and also to the organisations working for their rehabilitation, Bora said, adding, that 15 NGOs have been engaged for the task.
Schools for visually challenged people were set up at Jorhat and Tinsukia, homes for aurally disabled were set up in Guwahati and Lakhimpur and training centres for blind were built at Nagaon, Bora said.
According to the 2001 Census, the state has an estimated number of 5,30,300 physically challenged people.
Source : Business Standard Via PTI , 12th Feb 2014